AAMFT-CA’s grassroots effort engages a network of advocates willing to volunteer time, energy, and knowledge toward furthering MFT policy interests in California. Advocates take action with Congresspeople and local officials when issues reach a critical point in the legislative process, from insurance coverage to post-incarceration rehabilitation. The more advocates, the more effective we are.
- Stephen Vernon
- Ben Caldwell (Chair)
- Christina Tobie
- Angela Kahn
- Nadya Ramirez
- Neil Howell
- Jeff Liebert
All healthy systems evolve toward complexity. Part of this growth requires that, in California, we partner with legislators and think critically about the political framework that defines mental health, intervention, and reimbursement. Therefore, AAMFT-CA embraces political advocacy and strategic partnerships to advance the MFT profession in California.
The CA Division Board of Directors has committed to keep the membership informed about Advocacy decisions and tactics. We seek to create an exchange through ongoing updates to the membership. While we inform you about what we are doing, your input and concerns are always welcomed and appreciated.
It seems prudent to limit our involvement on social and public policy to the following areas as set forth by the Board of Directors. We wish to find parity with AAMFT protocols and recommend that any issue we are going to advocate should have direct relevance to our profession or to the clientele we serve.
- Practice/Professional Issues
- Family Relevant Issues
Considerations for Relevancy
How we will determine if an issue merits a position from the Advocacy Committee:
- Potentially significant impact, such as LPC licensing and keeping our professional status separate and unique from other mental health providers.
- Moderate impact, such as BBS tweaking of hours of professional experience in different specialty areas.
- Of interest but with minimal impact, such as immigration laws.
Procedure for Determining a Position
The Advocacy Committee will determine, by discussion, whether a policy position is necessary and proceed to take action from three options:
- An ad hoc fact finding task force that will review the significant issues and create an e-blast membership survey.
- A recommendation to the Executive Board for a public statement on moderate to significant issues.
- A proposed public statement for minimal issues as in an e-blast.
Click here to view the "AAMFT-CA Advocacy Priorities" in PDF format.
Click here to view "Legislative Year Closes With Important Changes To MFT Laws", by Ben Caldwell, in PDF format.
Click here to view "Challenges in MFT Licensing in California", by Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD; Olivia Loewy, PhD; Angela C. Kahn, MA, Christina Tobie and Zachary Dunham, in PDF format.
AAMFT-CA is grateful to the following supporters whose PAC donations provide the means for us to work towards and accomplish the Division’s Advocacy goals:
Kate Wolf Pizor
Eun Soon Yang
Linda Dianne Petteway
Diane Sherry Case
Kate Van Parys
Thomas von Seydewitz
Yen Du Sharon
Elshiwick Marivic Encarnacion
Shawn Renee Ernoehazy
Gaspar Selam Gebrekristos
Hale Mary Hanson
Lauren Michelle Kasney
Irene Lu Debora
Luken Elizabeth Malamed